What’s broadband worth to a household annually? $1850. And to the US? $22.5B

Cards on the table, I’ve been waiting for this article to come out because I think the info is so valuable. Roberto Gallardo and Mark Rembert just released info on economic benefits experienced by a household with broadband not available to a household without it.

Here super quick answers:

  • What’s are the benefits of broadband?
    $1850 per year per household
  • So if everyone had access – what would that mean to US economy?
    $22.5 billion annually

That’s a unilateral number – you can learn more from their handy table:

Which areas are going to see the impact? Check out their map of the US – and of course I’ll focus in on Minnesota. I’m seeing a lot of maroon there, which means that the economic benefit of getting just 20 percent of the population (assuming ubiquitous coverage) using broadband is more than $10 million!!

There are two important lessons here. First – broadband access is an investment that will pay off for a household AND a community (or nation). Second – payoff is highest when people adopt broadband, which means encouraging greater use.

Learn more about methodology and impact at the Daily Yonder – or come hear more from Roberto this fall when he keynotes the Minnesota Fall Broadband Conference!

This entry was posted in Digital Divide, Research, Rural by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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